Schenectady County Community College

Schenectady County Community College

Elston Hall
Type Community college
Established 1967
Academic staff

Full-time 2,739

Part-time 1,715[2]
Location United States Schenectady, NY, US
42°48′52″N 73°57′03″W / 42.814513°N 73.950799°W / 42.814513; -73.950799Coordinates: 42°48′52″N 73°57′03″W / 42.814513°N 73.950799°W / 42.814513; -73.950799
Campus Urban
50 acres (0.20 km2)
Colors Royal blue and gold         
Nickname Royals
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association, Region II, Mountain Valley Athletic Conference

Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) is a two-year college associated with the State University of New York (SUNY) located in Schenectady, New York. It was established in 1967 in the Van Curler Hotel in Downtown Schenectady and has undergone multiple expansions through the following decades. The school is renowned for its culinary arts department and its recently founded, 3.9 million-dollar School of Music. Students interested in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality Management with concentrations in Hotel & Resort Management and Travel & Tourism or a BBA in Business & Technology Management with a concentration in Technology may do so at SCCC through a partnership with SUNY Delhi. The school's culinary arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Also, a special arrangement with the State University of New York at Fredonia's advanced music degree programs permits SCCC School of Music graduates a conditionally guaranteed transfer.


The Schenectady County Board of Representatives formed Schenectady County Community College on January 26, 1967 and then purchased the former Van Curler hotel which required renovations so that classes could commence in the building in 1969. The Van Curler would be renamed Elston Hall after Charles W. Elston, the long-standing, original board member and eight-year chairperson for the Schenectady County Board of Representatives.[3]

The first of a number of expansions occurred in 1978, with the building that houses the Begley Library, a television station, lecture halls, and a wing for the music department along with the Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. A 1982 expansion added the Tempo Building, housing four classrooms and continuing education. 1987 brought the Center for Science and Technology, while 1992 saw the creation of a new student center which included a cafeteria, college store, and student lounge, along with biology and geology labs and fifteen classrooms. Also completed in 1992 was the South Wing expansion which created four new culinary arts labs, expanded upon the Casola Dining Room, a childcare center, and an enclosed bridge that connected Elston Hall with the Center for Science and Technology which is located across the street from the school's main campus.[4]

In 2000 the Gateway Building was erected for childhood development classes and a childcare center. The next year the Stockade Building was built in order to house six computer classrooms, nine general classrooms, two lecture halls, conference rooms and offices for the Continuing Education Division and Capital District World Trade Center. Additionally, a new quad area was built in front of Elston Hall.[5]

In 2006 a $6.3 million expansion to the Culinary Arts department began off of Elston Hall and was completed in 2007.[6] This expansion was funded in part by fund raising activities along with $3,082,300 from the County of Schenectady.[7]

The process is underway for the building of 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2), five-story building to house 313 student dorm rooms for the college. The estimated cost of this project will be $20 million. An opening date is set for Fall 2012.


Degree Programs offered include:

Certificate Programs:

SUNY Delhi partnership

Students interested in attaining a bachelor's degree may do so through a partnership between Schenectady County Community College and the State University of New York at Delhi at SCCC. The purpose of the program has been to allow potential students with jobs, family, and other commitments that prevent them from enrolling in these programs on the campus in Delhi, NY. The current SUNY Delhi Coordinator of Inter-Institutional Programs is Tracey Caponera.[9]

Degrees offered include:

Cost of attendance

The 2010-2011 school year tuition is $3,280 for a New York State resident attending SCCC full-time, or $136.50 per credit for a part-time student. Non-New York State resident tuition is $6,060 for full-time tuition or $252 per credit for part-time students. Other expenses are approximately $1,247 for full-time students and $514 for part-time students, this estimate does not include room-and-board as the college currently does not have on-campus housing.[10]

Admissions and demographics

The student body is approximately 54% female and 46% male. 79% of the students come from the New York Capital District Region with 18% coming from neighboring counties and 3% from other counties. The average age of full-time students is 24, while the average part-time student is 32 years old. The Student/Faculty ratio is 23-to-1 with an average class size of 24 students.[11]


SCCC is a member of the National Junior College of Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III and the Mountain Valley Conference.

Sports offered:

Clubs and Organizations


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  2. "2009 SCCC Student Data Book" (PDF). 2009 SCCC Data Book. Schenectady, New York: Schenectady County Community College. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-12. External link in |work= (help)
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  10. Schenectady County Community College, Tuition, Fees and Expenses.
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